SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team has declared a Severe Weather Alert Day Tuesday as a major snowstorm will impact western Massachusetts through tonight.
A Severe Weather Alert Day is the highest of our two-tiered Weather Alert Day System.
- A Blizzard Warning was in effect for all of Western Massachusetts, but has been canceled in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin County as of 6:30 p.m. The Blizzard Warning is in effect in Berkshire County until midnight Tuesday.
Here’s what to expect:
- The heaviest of the snowstorm has pushed north
- Light snow may turn a bit heavier again late afternoon and into the evening, but not AS heavy
- Widespread snow turns to scattered snow showers after 8pm
- Snow Ends: 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
- Lingering flurries or a snow shower into Wednesday
- Mostly all snow, but some sleet may mix with snow in Hampden and Hampshire Counties through early evening.
- Snow may turn to a stickier snow during the afternoon
- 14-20″ expected in eastern Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties
- 18-24″ expected in Berkshire County and the hills of western Hampden, western Hampshire, and western Franklin Counties
- The evening commute will be significantly impacted
- Winds will gust 30-40 mph, and can reduce visibility on roads by causing blowing and drifting of snow
- Wind gusts can also lead to power outages
Travel will be slow at best on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on untreated surfaces. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Don’t forget to send your snow totals and photos to ReportIt@wwlp.com
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